Writers workshops are an opportunity to get feedback on your short stories, novel chapters, and other work. Receiving honest critique from real readers is one of the best ways to grow as a writer. This opportunity is open to all writers, regardless of skill or experience level.
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We will usually hold workshops on the first Tuesday evening of each month at 8pm ET. We will gather via Zoom to discuss the work that has been submitted in advance.
If you would like your work to be discussed at this writers workshop, you must send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8am on the Monday the week before the workshop. We’ll announce the deadline when we announce the workshop each month. Make sure you’re subscribed to the mailing list so that you don’t miss it.
You must be present at the workshop to receive feedback on your work, so please only submit if you’re confident you can attend.
We’ll make the stories we’ll be discussing available for download to The Company members for the week before the workshop. Your work will only be available to members of The Company who have an account, not to the general public. (Create a free account here to access the workshop.) We read the work before the workshop so that we’re ready to dive right into the discussion when we meet.
You do NOT need to be a paid member of The Company to participate in the workshop. All are welcome.
How does the writers workshop work?
- You submit a PDF of your short story or other work to email@example.com about a week in advance.
- We make that work available to The Company for download.
- Everyone reads the stories BEFORE the workshop and prepares their thoughts.
- We meet at 8pm ET on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss the stories. We’ll have a casual conversation to tell the author what we liked and didn’t like. As best as possible, the tone of the conversation will be brutally honest, but supportive and constructive.
- The meeting will last about 60-90 minutes.
- Do it again the next month!
If you don’t want to submit a story for feedback, you’re still welcome to attend and you can provide feedback to others. If it’s your first time doing something like this, you’re welcome to just observe and see how it goes.
“Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of what you’re doing is as valuable as gold.”Elon Musk
Rules for a productive writers workshop:
- You must be present at the writers’ workshop to receive feedback on your work. Please only submit if you’re confident that you can attend.
- If you submit work for feedback, you must read all of the other stories for the workshop so that you can provide feedback to others. That’s the way this works. If you want to get feedback, then you must give feedback.
- You are NOT required to submit to the workshop in order to attend. You’re welcome to simply read and give feedback.
- Your work does not need to fit into the clean “Christian” box, but please be respectful of your fellow workshop participants. Violence, language, etc. should be purposeful.
- When you submit your work, please provide a PDF. Short stories should be less than 7,000 words. Novel chapters should be less than 5,000 words. If providing a novel chapter, make sure the reader has enough context to evaluate the section you want feedback on.
- Depending on the length of submissions, we may limit the accepted number to eight per workshop.
What should you do now?
Be bold and courageous! Choose a short story, novel chapter, or work that you’d like to really know if it’s any good or not, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a great opportunity to improve your writing in a constructive, supportive community.
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